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Townhall: Environmentalists May Be the Biggest Climate Culprits of All

Recently, the American people have witnessed a rash of lawsuits targeting energy companies for their alleged role in causing climate change. As the National Association of Manufacturers has revealed, as part of its “Manufacturers’ Accountability Project,” these lawsuits are fueled (as it were) by massive lawyers’ fees. For example, a contract between trial lawyers and the city of San Francisco revealed that the plaintiffs firm would receive a 23.5 percent payday in the case of a favorable judgment, which could translate into millions of dollars in profits for trial lawyers. Democratic-led cities, counties, and state governments are suing these energy companies to make them pay for what they claim are the anticipated ill-effects of climate change, which would not exist, they say, if these evil corporations were not selling energy based on fossil fuels.

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Legal Newsline: Manufacturers group continues transparency initiative with records request to Richmond, the latest climate change plaintiff

In an effort to defend energy manufacturers against climate liability lawsuits, the Manufacturers Accountability Project has filed a California Public Records Act with many of the cities and counties regarding their contact with private attorneys working on contingency fees.

MAP, organized by the National Association of Manufacturers, most recently filed a request for documents and communications relating to the California city of Richmond’s Jan. 22 climate lawsuit brought against 29 energy manufacturers.

The organization expressed its concerns in a letter to the city of Richmond, which is home to a refinery owned by Chevron – which is one of the defendants in these lawsuits.

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Washington Times: Climate activists pick taxpayer pockets to take down Big Oil

As executive director of the environmental group WildCoast, Serge Dedina for years has worked to reduce carbon emissions and protect the world’s oceans and ecosystems from the effects of climate change.

In his other role as mayor of Imperial Beach, California, Mr. Dedina is lending the power of his government to a legal assault on oil companies, with municipalities on the West Coast and New York City arguing that Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and others need to be held accountable for their role in fueling global warming.

At least eight California cities, along with New York, have filed lawsuits against the oil industry.

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Washington Times: A New York political stunt gone wrong

“We are a beacon of the world,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently wrote. Certainly, no one can deny the influence New York City has on this country. That influence is not decreed but earned by hardworking New Yorkers, and, unfortunately, the mayor’s recent actions against manufacturers in America will hurt the very people who make New York City the beacon that it is.

Mr. de Blasio’s misguided plan is twofold: divest public pension funds of fossil fuel investments and sue a handful of energy manufacturers over climate change. Both approaches are ill-considered and politically motivated.

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ICYMI: The NAM’s CEO on Fox Business: “We are fighting against trial lawyers and politicians who want to take down manufacturing”

The first week of the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) Manufacturing Tour 2018 wrapped up last week.  The NAM CEO and President Jay Timmons has made it clear the NAM will not stand for trial lawyers and opportunistic politicians looking to advance their positions in office to push misguided litigation that threatens one of America’s most vital sectors.

Most recently, Timmons appeared on Fox Business News with Charles Payne, where he discussed politicians, like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who have recently announced the city is suing manufacturers for climate challenges.

If there is agreement on one thing, it is that city officials and politics cannot be the motivator behind developing real solutions to combat serious environmental challenges that are affecting citizens.

In case you missed it, here is the exchange between Jay Timmons and Charles Payne on Fox Business News this weekend:

Jay Timmons: “Another problem that we’re facing and another reason that I’m here in New York today, Charles, is we are fighting against trial lawyers and politicians who want to take down manufacturing. Mayor de Blasio is suing energy companies right now for the subject of climate change.”

Charles Payne: “A lot of people put the environment and a whole lot of things ahead of jobs and I think there’s a happy equilibrium but we want to…”

Jay Timmons: “And politics…”

Charles Payne: “Of course politics, always”

The MAP is taking a stand against politicians like Mayor Bill de Blasio who is acting on behalf of well-funded activists and using his power in office to take down a crucial American sector. We encourage you to visit the MAP website to sign up for the latest email updates and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

ICYMI Media Roundup: A New York State of Mind

The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project is proactively fighting back against the efforts of politicians, trial lawyers and environmental activists determined to target manufacturers with frivolous lawsuits – we are not letting their actions go unchecked. In fact, the MAP launched an ad campaign this week highlighting the most recent attack launched by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Our efforts questioning the legal strategy and the integrity of these frivolous lawsuits continue to gain traction. Check out this week’s highlights:

 

  • As part of the State of Manufacturing Tour this week, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) CEO Jay Timmons participated in an interview with New York radio host Fred Dicker on the Fred Dicker: Focus on The State Capitol show.  Timmons called New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s lawsuit against manufacturers “malpractice by elected officials.” Listen to the interview on the MAP website.

 

  • The New York Post reported on MAP’s campaign, drawing attention to the “politically motivated” attacks on manufacturers, noting “The MAP is launching a social-media blitz to highlight what it called Hizzoner’s ‘politically motivated’ attacks on manufacturers.”

 

  • The Washington Examiner featured the MAP’s ad campaign in its Daily on Energy roundup: “The NAM on Monday took the fight to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.”

 

  • The Daily Caller also highlighted the MAP’s “counter-attack” against frivolous, misguided lawsuits noting comments made by the NAM CEO Jay Timmons during a speech in Michigan, “Manufacturers will not take climate lawsuits from New York City and San Francisco lying down.”

 

  • The Washington Examiner published an op-ed on climate litigation by John Burnett, a financial services industry professional and former candidate for New York City comptroller. Burnett exposed the multi-billion dollar attack on manufacturers and shines a light on trial lawyers’ big payday motives behind the climate litigation racket.

 

  • CALmatters opinion columnist Dan Walters authored a column for The Mercury News examining the far-reaching financial implications facing California localities that filed lawsuits against energy producers. Walters acknowledged the political motives behind filing lawsuits to appease “progressive local voters.” He criticized municipalities’ legal motives and inconsistent statements in their law suits and bond offerings.

 

It’s clear that MAP’s voice is being heard.  We will continue to provide a platform to counter these costly and far-reaching lawsuits and expose the coordinated alliance of plaintiffs’ attorneys, activists and public officials targeting manufacturers in the United States.

National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons: New York’s War on Energy

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) CEO Jay Timmons called New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s lawsuit against manufacturers “malpractice by elected officials” on Fred Dicker: Focus on The State Capitol, which aired this morning via 98.7 FM.  Politicians aided by trial lawyers in New York and California are using their office to push misguided climate litigation that threatens manufacturers.

“Climate change is a major problem that we all must work together to solve–but it is inappropriate to blame it entirely on the manufacturing companies that we all rely on. Mayor de Blasio should be looking out for his constituents, not enriching trial lawyers and appeasing environmentalists. His abuse of power takes away opportunities from the very people he’s supposed to lift up.

The climate lawsuit is a waste of resources that sends a horrible message to New York job creators. Not to mention, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s plan to divest from energy companies will hurt retirees the most. Their attack on energy producers offer no solutions to our climate problems and will do more harm than good.

The American people should hold us accountable for the promises we have made including a healthier environment and safer workplaces. But we have to prove this and our 14,000 members intend to do precisely that – we are going to keep our end of the bargain. The least we can expect from our elected officials is for them to do exactly the same, which is why it is so frankly disgusting to see Mayor de Blasio using his office for his own political gain.”

“Imagine if politicians spoke as reasonably as Jay Timmons, what a difference that would make for New York.” – Fred Dicker

Listen to the entire interview here:

MAP will not let these attacks go unchecked, which is why the NAM created the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, a campaign aimed at exposing the activists, public officials and plaintiffs’ attorneys who are orchestrating an unprecedented abuse of the legal system against American manufacturers.

We encourage you to visit the MAP website to sign up for the latest email updates and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Crain’s New York Business: De Blasio’s climate-change lawsuit a political stunt

Much has been made of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that the city has filed a massive lawsuit against manufacturers over climate change. In reality, it is no more than a stunt. He wants to play the hero, but New Yorkers will see little in return.

This legal action is just the latest in a series of lawsuits in which a coordinated network of trial attorneys and government officials, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, have targeted manufacturers to score political points.

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CNBC: Legal Scholar Richard Epstein on the Hypocrisy of California Climate Lawsuits

On CNBC today, legal scholar Richard Epstein underscored the blatant hypocrisy from California municipalities’ lawsuits against energy manufacturers by highlighting the disparity of their statements in legal filings and what they’re telling bond investors. Appearing on CNBC with Richard Santelli, University of Chicago Law School Professor Richard Epstein explained:

“Anybody who is selling a covenant bond knows that if they make overstatements or exaggerations they are going to be hit very hardly by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and if they make a very gloomy projection which is unjustified, they’re going to have to pay high rates of interest.” Epstein continued, “When you file a complaint, any degree of exaggeration is essentially without any adverse consequences.”

So, which is it? Are the California coasts facing climate risk or are these cities using frivolous lawsuits for their financial gain – at the peril of both their budgets and their citizens? We encourage you to view Professor Epstein’s remarks on CNBC.

MAP will continue to provide a platform to counter these costly and far-reaching lawsuits and expose the coordinated alliance of plaintiffs’ attorneys, activists and public officials targeting manufacturers in the United States.

We encourage you to visit the MAP website to sign up for the latest email updates and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

E&E News: Cities pepper courts with climate cases. Oil is the target

Lawsuits against oil companies for damages connected to climate change are mounting. So far, eight cities and counties in California and New York City have filed suit. Two Los Angeles city councilmen want that city to do the same.

The growing number of cases is seen by some legal experts as a strategy of multiplicity. Lawyers representing municipalities are trying separately to persuade numerous courts that their clients’ shorelines are being eroded by rising seas and that the oil industry is to blame.

“This is sort of very cutting-edge, relatively high-risk litigation,” said Daniel Farber, a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley. Winning one of the cases would help the others, he said, and there’s a benefit to “taking a lot of different shots in a lot of different courts.”

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